Why You need cPanel Hosting

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Why You need cPanel Hosting

cPanel is a next-generation web hosting system which is currently heading the list. cPanel is a cheap hosting control panel for linux webhosts and managed dedicated servers. With its embarking into the World Wide Web, it has lent the power to accurately monitor your website. It means you can make changes according to your own liking and taste, not withstanding the requirements. It has proven stability, easy to use features, security, and exceptional functionality which has made this hosting service really count its worth. Furthermore, you also get the advantage of friendly web-based interface, adding up of parked domains, reading webmail, monitoring the bandwidth usage, addition of email accounts, moreover, you are also able to view your visitor statistics, and still many more to mention. With it’s many features, cPanel can be considered the Swiss army knife of the web hosting industry.

With cPanel you are in control of your website, as you get access to your very own control panel with every cPanel hosting account. Thus, it truly makes a lot of sense in managing your own website without any hassle. The core idea of this cPanel hosting is that it allows you to manage your domain through a web interface. It is one of the most advanced web hosting services you get to manage all aspects of e-mail, backup, files, CGI scripts and FTP. Along with this, cPanel hosting also allows you to take a backup of your entire website, manage cron jobs, protect web directories, configure http redirects and custom error pages,  configure spam filters, accompanied with the ability to view of disk space and allow you to set up a shopping cart. All of these features are available on a touch button system. It’s an enhanced service which makes you control your website on your own terms.

cPanel also has an add-on named as Softaculous through which you can install a lot of ready to use free scripts at few clicks of your mouse.

This web-based control panel is comprehensively designed in a three-tier structure which makes web hosting quick and pretty simple. Using cPanel hosting; you will no longer need to go through hundreds of Linux-based commands just to be the admin of your server. It is loaded with every tool you need and now you can stay focused and pay more to your business instead of the server administration.

Here at Thewball.com, we allow you to have your own cPanel hosting account for free! Find out more here!


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What is Web Hosting

A web hosting service provides a service that allows individuals and businesses to post web pages to the internet. A web hosting service provider  provides the servers and technologies to view websites on the internet.

Web hosting services are services that customers can utilize after they have gained internet access. Web hosting services use hosting and client architecture to load content to the server so web pages and information can be viewed on the internet in its original HTML or php format.

A web hosting company will offer clients access to a server that will provide the clients’ content to individuals on the World Wide Web after they make a URL or domain name request. To view pages on the web, you must have a web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to request the web page from the server once you are connected to the Internet.

Web sites are pages that are stored on a computer called a server. The server is a part of a network of computers on the internet or World Wide Web that allows users of the internet to reach your site anywhere in the world at anytime. The internet is open 24 hours, seven days a week around the clock.

Host computers are configured so that when your URL or domain name is typed in, the address will use a pointer routine (look for the address from terminal to terminal) until it reaches the computer that hosts your website. Then, the server will process the request, return the proper web site based on the request, and if everything works correctly your web site should display itself on the user’s screen.

Hosting companies require that you buy your URL or domain name  or register a subdomain on their website before you purchase hosting services. Most hosting companies have a package that will fit the needs of your website and allow for growth as time goes on.

Thewball.com offers hosting derives to suit anyone’s needs. Click here to find out more!


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How Much Bandwidth do you need?

What is bandwidth? Its that cord thing that I plug into the computer, right? Well, not really. Bandwidth measures the volume of data transmitted over an internet connection. You have to know how much bandwidth you need while choosing hosting plans.

Be careful when someone claims they provide unlimited bandwidth or monthly transfer. Anyone claiming “Unlimited Bandwidth” is simply lying. There’s no such thing as “Unlimited Bandwidth”.

I’ve never seen any internet service provider offering an internet connection as “Unlimited Megabytes per Second.” So, how could a web hosting company, which normally doesn’t even own its own access lines, claim to customers that it will give them “Unlimited Bandwidth”?

Most of the time, high bandwidth sites on these “Unlimited” plans will be suspended, and no refund given. Normally, the web hosting company will say that the site violated its Acceptable Use Policy or Terms of Service.

Whenever you visit a site promoting “Unlimited Bandwidth” as one of the account features, be sure to visit the Acceptable Use Policy or the Terms of Service. Read the fine text about the so-called “Unlimited” disclaimer and see what the situation really is before you commit.

When you first look for web hosting services (those who state clearly bandwidth offered), you have to make your best estimation of what your site will use and watch your usage carefully in the first few months. Take these factors into consideration while estimating.

  • How many users will access your web site?
  • How many pages will be accessed?
  • How big are the graphic and HTML files?

Large audio/video files, computer programs, and file downloads require more bandwidth. Flash web sites use tons of bandwidth. Virtual Reality (VR) and full-length three-dimensional audio/visual presentations require the most bandwidth of all. In my opinion, 10 GB a month and above is fine for any small-to medium sized blog or company site. Though my estimation is not very specific, it still gives you something to work with until your site has been online for a while and actual traffic statistics have been generated. From then on, you can determine for yourself how much bandwidth you really need.

Don’t fall for the unlimited bandwidth trap that some companies throw at you. Thewball.com has plans with different amounts of guaranteed bandwidth, meaning you will not have to worry about getting shoved off when your website matters and everybody else uses all of the bandwidth. To find out more about our hosting offers, click here.


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What is MySQL?

MySQL is a heavy-duty database server. Used with various software languages, most notably PHP, and part of the LAMP family (which is comprised of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP),

Whether it’s a customer relations management list or medical records, any data you have that needs storing, is stored on a database. You will need a database management system to add, access, edit, and process data in your databases, and MySQL is one of the best and most comprehensive packages on the market. MySQL can also be used as a relational database management system, which means it can store data in various tables that can communicate with one another rather than all in one large “storeroom” of data.

You can run MySQL as a server in your local device or in a remote server. All you need to access your MySQL databases and MySQL functionality is your server name (such as the name server of your MySQL web hosting provider) or the appropriate IP address. You can then input your various commands, most likely using PHP scripts, to interact with your various databases. These commands are written in code in a language called MySQL Query Language.

When choosing a MySQL web hosting provider, you’ll want to consider some additional factors beyond the standard uptime, backup/redundancy systems, bandwidth, email, and bandwidth concerns.

* Databases: If you’re seeking a MySQL web hosting provider, you’re surely planning on making databases a significant part of your web-presence. You therefore need to find a MySQL hosting provider that offers you at least as many data structures as you might need. A host that promotes itself as a MySQL hosting provider must offer its clients with multiple websites at least five databases.

* Interface: You’ll be working with your databases intimately and frequently. You’ll want a MySQL hosting provider that’s designed its admin interface with the MySQL user in mind. If you have various staff-members involved in the building and maintenance of your various tables and databases, you’ll want to be able to create multiple user I.D.’s to allow varying degrees of secure access. cPanel is a good administrative dashboard to have for MySQL databases.

* CRON support: A cron helps you to run specific scripts for regular, routine tasks to be run at periodic intervals. A MySQL hosting provider should allow you to set up and manage crons from your admin control panel. These scripts are also good for Preventive Maintenance routines.

* PHP Info: The most common script for MySQL databases is PHP. A MySQL hosting provider with PHP extensions enabled is likely to be more frustrating than useful to you. By checking into a prospective MySQL hosting provider’s PHP capabilities, you can ensure compatibility between your scripting language and your database management, thus saving yourself tons of trouble and loads of regrets later on.

Remember, if you are running MySQL databases; make sure that you get a host that specializes in MySQL hosting. Thewball.com specializes in MySQL hosting and has many different plans to suit your needs! Find out about our web hosting options here!


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Web Design Vs Development

Many organizations are interested in building web applications for their business but are unaware of the various steps that are needed to build a compelling web application. In this article I will attempt to put together the various pieces of the puzzle. Application development involves several distinct efforts that need to come together to build a compelling end product. A compelling end product is the combination of design, development architecture, development implementation, automated regression and functional testing and performance and load testing.

Design: People often confuse design with development. Moreover even within design, user interface design is often confused with graphics design. Web user interface design involves the design of the flow of the website and the layout of the specific web pages within the website. The web user interface designer concentrates on the usability of the application. The user interface designer will typically develop “wireframes” using tools like Adobe Photoshop to convey the design. These are often initially developed as prototypes and usability testing is carried with user groups out to ensure that the web application will be intuitive and easy to use. Graphics design on the other hand relates to the aesthetics of the page. The graphics designer is responsible for the aesthetic layout of the pages and the creation of the various graphical objects inside the pages such as images and flash objects. The graphics Designer will typically use a combination of tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Captivate to create the actual graphics objects. A designer will need to work closely with other groups to make sure the design process does not compromise the performance of the application by making sure that the graphics objects are small thus ensuring that the various web performance metrics are unaffected.

Development: This involves converting the design into an actual application. The development typically involves an architectural phase where the underlying modules that make up the application are scoped out. If persistent data storage is needed, a database schema should be designed to accommodate the data storage needs. The choice of the operating system (e.g. Windows, Linux or Solaris) where the web application will run, the web server (e.g. Microsoft IIS, Apache or Tomcat) which will run the web application and the back end database (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL or PostgresSQL) which stores the data that will need to be made. Various development frameworks are available to build web applications. The most common ones are ASP and ASP.NET from Microsoft, Java Servlets and JSP from Sun, PHP and Perl that are open source. The choice of the application framework is typically dictated by the strengths of the members of the development team. The architectural phase is followed by the implementation phase. This is typically the longest part of the project and during this phase the actual code is written using the design specifications and graphics objects developed by the design team. The programming will typically be done using a combination of the application frameworks mentioned earlier together with HTML, JavaScript and CSS style sheets.

Quality Assurance and Testing: A surprising number of people are of the view that quality assurance and testing is desirable but is not actually needed. Unfortunately this view has its roots in total ignorance of the process that is needed to build a good end product. Regardless of how pretty or slick we make the application, if it does not work as expected, users will reject it. Quality assurance and testing involve two different kinds of tasks. Functional and regression testing is used to verify that the developed application is doing what it is supposed to do. This is achieved by test automation using a functional testing tool. Load and Performance testing is used to ensure that the application performs as intended when it is subjected to the typical load of a production environment. Load testing is practically speaking impossible to perform without using an automated load testing tool since it involves the simulation of a large number of concurrent virtual users. This effect cannot really be achieved manually and needs the assistance of an application that is designed to subject the application to a specified load and then measure its performance when it is subjected to that load. Quality Assurance teams will need to track the bugs or defects in the application using bug tracking tools. Such tools will allow defects to be tracked by all members of the team.

The three groups mentioned above tend to be specialized for their skill set. As an example, people often make the mistake of using developers as quality assurance testers. This is not a wise strategy because most developers who are good at writing software are quite poor at finding bugs or defects in their own software.

Writing good and compelling web applications requires an understanding of all phases of the process, design, development and quality assurance. Skipping phases or taking shortcuts will result in low quality software that will generally cost more in the long run.